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SACRAMENTO – The Warriors wanted to take some pressure off Stephen Curry. They also wanted to add a versatile veteran who was not terribly expensive.
So they made a deal with the Lakers on Wednesday night, acquiring veteran point guard Steve Blake in exchange for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
The deal was weeks in the making but came together quickly on Wednesday. At 5:30 p.m., Bazemore was standing in the hallway outside the visiting locker room at Sleep Train Arena stretching in his Warriors jersey in anticipation of facing the Kings. An hour later, he and Brooks were gone.
General manager Bob Myers said at halftime that he did not know when Blake would join the team but is hopeful he can arrive before Thursday night's game against the Rockets at Oracle Arena.
CEO Joe Lacob did not hide his satisfaction with the trade.
"He's someone we've been looking at for a while," he said at halftime. "He's a good player, doesn't turn the ball over very much and is capable of playing at any time.
"We're pretty pleased we were able to complete the deal."
Though the Warriors went about $400,000 over the luxury tax threshold, according to Myers, it's smart and aggressive simply because they moved two players from the far end of their bench for one who can enter the rotation immediately.
Blake, who turns 34 on Feb. 26, is a pure point guard who can shoot the 3-pointer. He is averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 assists per game.
Blake left Los Angeles prior to Wednesday's game against the Rockets, while neither Bazemore nor Brooks took the floor for the Warriors-Kings game at Sleep Train Arena.